Sonora, Ca — The Friends of the Tuolumne County Film Commission is putting plans in place for some majors projects over the coming years.
The non-profit group was formed over a year ago to promote new filming and to remember Tuolumne County´s rich film heritage. ?It´s a part of our culture and our history, and we´re going to bring it back,? says Jim O´Neil, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The organization is working to secure land to help build a western set in the Red Hills area, near the site of the now burned down Back to the Future III set. The group is working with longtime County resident Allan Royce, who has been putting together plans to make the set a reality since the late 1970´s.
The Friends of the Tuolumne County Film Commission is also planning to bring back the Wild West Film Festival in the coming years, as Film Commissioner Jerry Day has been actively investigating possible grant funding.
Over the recent months, the organization has conducted screenings of locally shot films High Noon and Back to the Future III. There are also plans in place to hold a red carpet style dinner and celebration around next year´s Academy Awards.
Written by BJ Hansen